NBC Reported Shocked By Number Of Illegal Border Crossers

NBC News correspondent Guad Venegas was surprised by the sheer number of illegal border crossers during a visit Thursday to the border of Mexico and Arizona.

“These crowds here in Eagle Pass have never been this large during my reporting. This is the most people I’ve ever seen in Eagle Pass, and other reporters, colleagues working other parts of the border in Arizona, [and] in Jacumba near San Diego tell me the same thing,” said Venegas, who grew up in Southern California near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A record 12,600 illegal immigrants crossed the southern border in a single day, a couple of days before Venegas made his visit to Eagle Pass, Arizona. The actual number is much higher, says Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin. He reported thousands are still waiting to be processed and have not yet counted in official figures.

“We have these conversations and the conversation is always, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen this number of migrants arriving,’ and we know from the reports coming from the government with these numbers,” the NBC News reporter said. “We don’t know what this will mean moving forward, we just know that the numbers are much larger as the resources are spread thin.”

The U.S. Border Patrol encountered a record number of immigrants illegally crossing the border from Mexico this week. Troy Miller, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting commissioner said there is now an “unprecedented” flow of daily arrivals. Miller reported that illegal crossings topped 10,000 a day some days in December.

“The White House’s insistence that ‘the president has done everything that he can on his own’ to secure the border is an insult to the American people,” said Raj Shah, a House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) spokesman. “In fact, it has been this administration’s policies [ … ] that have led to the historic crisis we are seeing on a daily basis.”

President Joe Biden called Mexican president Andres Obrador Thursday to discuss the border crisis on a phone call. He sent Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to Mexico the same day for direct talks about the border.